It’s about that time of the year again to redecorate your home for Christmas. If you’re trying to make your tree look a little extra special this year, check out the Christmas tree and ornaments collection at JCPenney. From Christmas trees to trendy ball ornaments and beautiful toppers to cheerful string lights, you can find them all here. And, follow these 10 easy steps to trim and decorate your Christmas tree like a pro.
Pick a Tree Type and Size
First things first, you need to decide whether to get a real tree or an artificial tree of pine, fir, spruce, or cedar. The size of the tree is equally important as you want to pick one that is right for the space you have. For example: If you have a 10-foot ceiling, then a 9-foot tree would be a bad idea because it would hit the ceiling. However, a 7.5 or 8 foot Christmas tree would really draw the eyes upward and stand out in the room. You should also consider the thickness of the tree. If you’re placing it between a fireplace and couch, it could be a fire hazard, so select a slim tree. If you already have a tree that fits your space perfectly, then you’re off to a great start. Even if you have purchased a thick tree, consider trimming the tree branches with gardening shears or scissors.
And, if you are wondering how to prune trees, you can follow these simple steps:
- Begin with removing any upward growing stems that compete with the leader
- Now, trim any wayward, dead, or damaged shoots to maintain a nice tree shape.
Fluff, Fluff, Fluff your Tree!
This may sound like an obvious step to do, but it shouldn’t be missed when you have an artificial tree. The best way to go about is to fluff the branches downwards up – one by one and layer by layer. You must ensure that you fluff every single twig and don’t just fluff the outside of the branch because you’ll notice lots of holes and gaps when trying to add ornaments and decorations. This step should be followed in all sections, so you won’t miss a single branch. The goal is to make the tree look as real as possible, so put the branches in different directions outwards. Use gardening shears or scissors to trim any branches that seem too long or out of place.
Lights will give the tree a lot of dimension and sparkle, so don’t miss out on adding them even if you have a pre-lit tree. First test the lights, you don’t want to decorate your tree with them only to know that they aren’t working. Also, make sure that the lights are long enough to cover the tree. Once everything seems in place, plug the lights in, start at the bottom and go in and out of the tree. Keep placing the string lights deep in the tree to give some depth. You can keep them in place by wrapping the lights around a branch, so they can’t move.
If your tree is going to be against a wall and you may be short on lights then what you can do is when you get to the back of the trees, swoop the lights around and restart when you get to the front. No one will ever notice!
Pick a Color Scheme
No matter how you choose to decorate your tree, pick Christmas ornaments in a color scheme that matches well with your home décor theme. It could be one color for all the ornaments, like, just brown or silver, or pick a mix of colors like red, green, gold, blue, and silver. Similarly, choose clear lights for a snowy effect, single color light to create some contrast, or multicolor lights for a traditional Christmas vibe. You can even switch to a colored tinsel tree this year for a fun pop of color.
Ribbons, Garlands, and Sprays
The key to adding ribbons is to pick out three to four different colors, textures, and sizes. We recommend selecting 2.5- and 4-inch ribbons with wires at the siding so that they keep the shape when placed on the tree. Don’t start cutting unless you place the ribbon on the tree. See how long you want it to look and only then cut. Remember, the top sections of the branches are going to be smaller than the bottom sections, so keep note of that. You can also measure and cut your ribbons using a measuring tape. Next, mix and match the ribbons to layer them together (dark or solid color goes back and sheer or light color starts on top). You can start from the top of the tree. Grab a branch and loop the ribbon around the top, so it will stay in place. Before you loop the bottom section, pull the ribbon out and in. Don’t pull it straight down because it won’t give it that added dimension. Keep switching between different color ribbons and going around the tree. Also, keep all the ribbons in the same direction, ideally, it’s vertical.
Once all the ribbons are added, you can start adding shimmery picks and sprays to the Christmas tree. Place them in any holes or gaps in the tree to create that fuller look. Even poinsettias, a garland, or ornaments like these are a great way to fill in the gaps.
Add Sentimental Ornaments then Ball Ornaments
At this point, your tree will look almost complete, but this is where you want to add your sentimental or personalized ornaments. Now, in the additional space left, you can add fun ornaments like a Santa or reindeer and, of course, ball ornaments. As you may know, add the small ones at the top and the larger ones at the bottom. Put them in the tree, not on the outside. Don’t forget to add a topper (angel or a star) because every tree needs a hat.
Pick a Tree Skirt
The final step is to place a tree skirt that matches your theme. Something that’s also trending is a tree collar. It is particularly a good idea if you have pets or kids and don’t want them getting in and messing up the tree. It gets the tree looking like a potted plant and gives it a nice modern or a farmhouse look, depending on what kind you choose.
Now, you’ve got a completed tree from top to bottom. We hope you’ve got some major decorating inspo and you’re able to use these simple tips. Do let us know your Christmas tree theme this year by tagging #AllAtJCP. Then follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if you get featured.